Fred Lawson, 76, was born December 8, 1941, to James and Flora Lawson in Middlesboro, Kentucky. He died peacefully in his sleep on January 4, 2018, in Midlothian, Texas.
Fred came to New Mexico by way of the United States Air Force in 1960, where he was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, near Clovis, New Mexico. Shortly thereafter he met Lydia Romo in Portales, New Mexico. They married on May, 5 1962. Fred started Fred’s Auto Repair and continued to build, service, and race cars until a near fatal collision cost him his left leg in December of 1964. Following the loss of his leg, he enrolled in a series of electronic programs through Eastern New Mexico University. Upon completion of the programs he went to work for Zearl T. Young at Western Auto in Hobbs for many years. He then started Satellite Service Company where he worked until his retirement.
Fred was passionate about his children, cars, hunting, playing poker, and gospel music. He leaves behind many long-time friends. His survivors include beloved wife of over 55 years, Lydia, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Son, James Lawson of Hobbs, New Mexico, and his children, Lydia and Zachary. Daughter, Rhonda Lawson Thomas, her husband Mike, and their four children, Michael, Matthew, Madeline, and Meredith, of Midlothian, Texas. Daughter, Donna Lawson, and grandsons Joshua and Tristan, of Plano, Texas. Granddaughter Nikki Stinson, her husband Justin, and three beautiful great-grandchildren all of Hobbs, New Mexico. Also, treasured nephew, Randy Lawson of Hobbs. Fred was preceded in death by his mother, father, and sister and tragically in April 2017, his son Gary Duane Lawson, of Hobbs.
Fred’s desire was to be cremated and have some of his ashes spread across his favorite hunting grounds. The remainder of his ashes will be laid to rest next to his son Gary, at Prairie Haven Memorial Park Cemetery.
Our heartfelt condolences for this family that Fred loved so much! May God comfort each of you during this difficult time. He will truly be missed by us, also!
R. V. & Patsy Kerbo and familyHobbs, NM
My deepest condolences for your family's loss.
Delia BaughHobbs, NM
Good bye my friend, may ou Rest In Peace, prayers for your family and friends 😪🤗😪🙏💕
Maria Pina HawkAugusta, GA
Onward to the Great hunting grounds in Heaven.....RIP my friend
Kerry CarpenterHobbs, NM
Marshall NewmanHobbs, NM
Sorry for your loss.
Eric GrayHobbs, NM
Paw paw Fred you will truly be missed RIH love your granddaughter.
Chelsie DeanHobbs, NM
Sorry for your loss!
Linda RiceHobbs, NM
To The Lawson Family
Fred will truly be missed! Yes he was still my father-in-law and I loved him dearly! My condolences to the family! I will always keep the family in prayer! Rest in sleep Fred and hug my hubby for me! Love Brenda
Brenda LawsonHobbs, NM
Dear Donna and family,
Please know that you all are not alone during this sad season your friends do pray for you all during this trying and sad journey, Donice
Donice Rogers JarrettEldorado,